Pickle the penguin makes a splash
Thursday 9 August 2012
10-week-old Humboldt penguin Pickle got his feathers wet for the first time at ZSL London Zoo this week.
Zookeeper Vicky Fyson was on hand to ensure hand-reared Pickle enjoyed a happy debut dunking in the "baby pool" at Penguin Beach.
After being lowered into a shallow training pool, Pickle was soon splashing around, but it looks like he might need a few more lessons before joining the adults in the big pool.
Vicky said: “Pickle has lost almost all of his fluffy baby feathers now and he’s nearly ready for his debut in the big pool.
“At the moment he just splashes about quite a bit, so he will be staying in the training pool until he has mastered his swimming technique.”
Pickle is currently on show in the baby pool at ZSL London Zoo's flagship exhibit Penguin Beach.